Spring is such a wonderful time to play with colour. I saw these tulips in someone else’s garden in Nanaimo and as I got a little closer I noticed the beautiful, striking, red fringe on the edge of the petal. As I stood there the background was the light purple flowers that you see at the bottom of the frame. I didn’t like this as much so I got down low and background became dark green foliage that I threw out of focus with a 3.5 aperture. There was a very distracting light coloured branch above the flower on the far right and I cloned it out but I am still not very good with the clone brush and I feel like you can tell I was messing with it. I wanted a gradation of tone in the background so I took the image into Viveza and darkened the portion of the background that was above the flowers. This way the out of focus purple flowers, instead of being a distraction are a part of the background tone transition from light at the bottom to darker at the top with the tulips taking up a very striking intermediary space.